Candice Holdsworth speaks with Manick Govinda, a Londoner, Libertarian, writer and producer of fine art. They discuss the politicization of the art scene and how contemporary art has been consumed by an obsession with race, sexuality and gender.
Earlier this week a deeply unpleasant video emerged, which showed a group of white nationalists praising Donald Trump whilst throwing nazi salutes.
It serves as an ugly reminder of just how awful racialised politics is. We live in an era in which identity politics is ascendant. It dominates public discourse. From both ends of the political spectrum we get victimhood narratives and identity obsession, with one side fuelling the other.
It is very important that we move beyond the divisive and damaging politics of polarization.
When you try to play the game of identity politics, no one wins. You just leave a toxic legacy for future generations to have to deal with.
For those of us who are opposed to political correctness, language policing and identity politics, we cannot – in the words of Christopher Hitchens – allow the extremist tail to wag the whole dog.
The solution to poisonous identity politics is not more identity politics.
Let’s hope, instead, for an outbreak of common sense.
In this week’s Imagine Athena podcast Candice Holdsworth spoke to Robin Gilbert-Jones, contributing editor to Imagine Athena, about the identity politics of the Regressive Left in the time of Donald Trump, and she also reflects on the identity politics of the far right.
On the Imagine Athena podcast we interviewed five different people, from all over the world, who are pleased that Donald Trump won the US election.
Not all of them would have necessarily voted for him and their reasons varied, but the one common theme that did emerge is that they felt his victory to be a powerful strike against the Regressive Left, so-called “social justice” and identity politics. You may disagree with them, but it’s important that you listen to what they have to say
In the Imagine Athena podcast we interview the well-known American political journalist Cathy Young. We discuss antisemitic memes and how the political correctness, intolerance and identity politics of the regressive Left is giving rise to the new identity politics of the Right. We also talk about the US election and Young argues that now more than ever we need to stand up for free expression and individual liberty.
A short video which explains who we are and everything we celebrate. As we say in our bio: “We exist to celebrate all the wonderful human virtues of imagination, achievement, intellect and beauty, that are so often denigrated in a culture suffused with stunted political ideologies.” We really do mean that.
Candice Holdsworth and Robin Gilbert-Jones discuss how the lines between the digital and non-digital world have become steadily blurred over the years which has led to the creation of online echo chambers where people are not adequately exposed to ideas and opinions that challenge them. When they do encounter a critical voice it can be a terrible shock, and may even be perceived as “violence”.